Thrive: God Is Great

Read Deuteronomy 4

To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lordis God; there is no other besides him.Out of heaven he let you hear his voice, that he might discipline you. And on earth he let you see his great fire, and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. And because he loved your fathers and chose their offspring after them and brought you out of Egypt with his own presence, by his great power, driving out before you nations greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as it is this day,  know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lordis God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.  Deuteronomy 4:35-39, ESV

Reflect

  • Do I live as though God is truly all-powerful and all-loving?
  • How can I maintain that sense of awe in the day-to-day?
  • How does God show me his power and love in my life?

We might read these verses and think, "Well, it was easier to see the hand of God at work in Old Testament times, with the burning bushes and the parting of the Red Sea and all the plagues, but what about now? Where are the signs that show the almighty, awesome God in the here and now?" The truth is, though, God shows us His presence every day, through signs and wonders big and small. But in the tumult of our fast-paced days, we don't slow down long enough to glimpse His work. We don't stop long enough to quiet the cacophony of iPods and iPhones, televisions, radios, and the Internet to hear the whispers He intends just for us. Our almighty God is with us--we simply need to open our ears to hear and our eyes to see.

Try keeping a simple gratitude list to help you focus on the gifts God lavishes on you every day. Keep your eyes and ears open for the presence of God and then jot these occurrences into a notebook. Sometimes it's helpful to go back to review a concrete record of God's blessings in our lives and take note of the big picture.

Pray

Lord, I am always on the go, moving at frenetic pace with my eyes focused on accomplishing the next thing. Help me slow down so that I can see and hear You.

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